Category Archives: politics

The Fifth Pillar of Indian Democracy

Indi­an democ­ra­cy is said to rest on the ven­er­a­ble four pil­lars of the leg­is­la­ture, the exec­u­tive, the judi­cia­ry, and the press. All the four pil­lars have cracked to a great degree and Indi­an democ­ra­cy is not healthy. In brief, we … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2014

What is UPA? What does it stand for? Under­cov­er Pay­ment Agree­ment. This coali­tion is all about not let­ting any­one know who paid how much to whom for what. Who is the UPA’s PM can­di­date? They thought they had an ace … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Importance of my Earnest Vote in A Comedy of Errors

I vot­ed in the 2014 Indi­an Lok Sab­ha elec­tions today, after research­ing for many days about the dif­fer­ent can­di­dates up for elec­tion in Pune. I vot­ed today after dis­cov­er­ing yes­ter­day that I was not vot­ing in the Pune con­stituen­cy at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Road From Democracy to Fascism

The recent storm cre­at­ed by the Shiv Sena in Maha­rash­tra is indica­tive of a resur­gent Fas­cism as cor­rect­ly not­ed by Soli Sorab­jee. This rot in Maha­rash­tra is elo­quent­ly ana­lyzed by Prat­ap Bhanu Mehta, which you must read to get a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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In Remembrance of 26/11 and Thanksgiving to the Heroes

Warn­ing: A post with­out struc­ture, theme or com­po­si­tion. Sense­less unedit­ed out­pour­ing. Read at your own risk. Blood, bul­lets, and deaths. Bru­tal vio­lence. Screams. Help­less­ness. Despair. Pain. Courage. A nation of a bil­lion aspir­ing to be on the UN Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2009

Or what news­pa­pers and media will not tell you about the 2009 Indi­an Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion. Will the new gov­ern­ment go in for reform? Absolute­ly! Though there may be a slight dif­fer­ence between what every­one under­stands by reform and what the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Virtues of Politicians

I’m sick and tired of all the poli­ti­­cian-bash­ing that blog­gers seem addict­ed to these days. Why do we have to be so crit­i­cal all the time? Why not see the glass half-full? Decid­ing to be an opti­mist, I present “Virtues … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Wordle US & Indian Constitution, Congress & CPI(M) Manifesto

Since it was intro­duced last year, Wor­dle has been very pop­u­lar with blog­gers and the gen­er­al pub­lic. So I decid­ed to join in the fun. Here are the US and Indi­an Con­sti­tu­tion wor­dle out­puts: Obser­va­tions? Noth­ing sur­pris­ing here. Putting aside … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Strengthening Indian democracy – What can we do?

From my news­pa­per read­ing of the past week, one line stuck in my mind: “The plain fact is that demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment — which is sys­tem­i­cal­ly bet­ter than all oth­er forms of gov­ern­ment — inevitably pan­ders to nar­row but pow­er­ful inter­ests … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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